Universal Human Rights Month
Human rights : a compilation of international instruments

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The Declaration

Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

Did You Know...

  • The concept of universal human rights was created by 17th and 18th century philosophers?
  • On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
  • In 1949 a Presidential Proclamation declared December 10th to be National Human Rights Day?

For more information, look up the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the online Encyclopedia Britannica.

Encyclopedia of human rights issues since 1945

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Human Rights Resources

Every December is Universal Human Rights Month. Its purpose is to disseminate information throughout the world about human rights and to distribute copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in English and other languages.

For more information about human rights:

"The destiny of human rights is in the hands of all our citizens in all our communities."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.
~ Alexander Hamilton